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A ROU­TINE FOR LIFE IS­SUE 235 JULY & AU­GUST 2018

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As a 32-year-old first-time mom, I’m enjoying ev­ery step of the way. I’m amazed by how I know ex­actly what to do with James. There’s a deep con­nec­tion with your child and your in­ner self that’s in­de­scrib­able.

It can get very busy. Be­ing a per­fec­tion­ist, I never imag­ined me func­tion­ing in a house where things – even my­self – are just a big mess some­times. Toys ly­ing all over, food or tea left half-way, and the kitchen get­ting left in a state.

I must keep track of im­por­tant dates like his vac­ci­na­tions and the house­hold ad­min. I’ve come to love th­ese crazy lit­tle things.

Moth­er­hood comes with its own chal­lenges but you quickly learn and move on. One of my big­gest was not be­ing able to breast­feed. I had to make peace with putting James on the bot­tle full-time.

The first few months were hec­tic. I had post­na­tal de­pres­sion. James had gas­troe­sophageal re­flux. But to­day th­ese are all things of the past.

I wouldn’t change moth­er­hood for any­thing in the world. I have come to grow on this new jour­ney, which is tak­ing me places I’ve never imag­ined. OLIVIA BRI­TAIN, CAPE TOWN

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